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 MCOM 492 - Topics: Intermediate Web Design

MWF, 9:00 - 9:50, Jonas 207 Spring 2014
Instructor: Paul Kopco
Office: Jonas 108C
Office Hours:
  • Monday: 10:00 - 10:50 & 12 - 12:50
  • Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 - 10:50
Phone: 642-6503




Grading Policies:

The following will determine the final grade:

MyGraphicsLab quizzes to Section 4 - Topic TI - 10%
Midterm exam - 20%
Midterm project - 20%
MyGraphicsLab quizzes from Section 4 - Topic LI to end - 10%
Final exam - 20%
Final project - 20%

This course utilizes MyGraphicsLab, which includes an online version of the textbook. (This MyGraphicsLab course also provides training for the Adobe Certified Associate certification exam.) Topic quizzes will be a component of your grade. You may take the topic quizzes as many times as you want. You will need to study the presentations and videos, do the readings (if any), and do the projects for each topic in order to maximize quiz results. The projects are not to be submitted -- they are to be done in order for you to master concepts covered in the quizzes.

How the MyGraphicsLab topics relate to the Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom In A Book chapters:

  • Your Audience (YA)
  • Copyright Rules (CR)
  • Project Management (PM)

  • Site Design (SD)
  • Design Principles (DP)
  • Accessibility (AC)

  • The Interface (IN)
    • Introduction: Getting Started
    • Chapter 1: Customizing Your Workspace
  • The Property Inspector (PI)
  • Files and Assets Panels (FA)

  • Site Setup (SS)
    • Chapter 4: Creating A Page Layout
    • Chapter 6: Working with Templates
  • Text and Images (TI)
    • Chapter 7: Working with Text, Links, and Tables
    • Chapter 8: Working with Images
  • Links (LI)
    • Chapter 7: Working with Text, Links, and Tables

  • Structure and HTML Tags (SH)
    • Chapter 2: HTML Basics
  • CSS (CS)
    • Chapter 3: CSS Basics
    • Chapter 5: Working with Cascading Style Sheets
  • Interactivity, Edge Tools and Services (IE)
    • Chapter 9: Working with Navigation
    • Chapter 10: Adding Interactivity
    • Chapter 11: Working with Web Animation & Video
  • Forms (FO)
    • Chapter 12: Working with Forms

  • Publishing and Testing (PT)
    • Chapter 13: Publishing to the Web
    • Chapter 14: Designing for Mobile Devices

The midterm and final exams will be in MyGraphics Lab will be based on the MyGraphicsLab quiz questions. Each exam will consist of a web-based component and a hands-on project component, which will be averaged together for a composite exam grade. The exams are graded starting at 100%, the normal maximum if you answer all the questions correctly.

Participation in class is essential to success in this course. Students will be asked to discuss their own work as well as to critique the work of others.

Grading Scale: 10-point scale.
A = 100-90, B = 89-80, C = 79-70, D = 69-60, F = 59-0

The class projects will be graded on:

You will complete a project in each chapter of the book. In addition to the chapter projects, which will not be graded, two major projects will be completed during the course for grading purposes. Both are websites to be designed for a screen size of 1024 x 768 (usable space = 1000 x 620) with appropriate page titles on all pages. All pages must be operational on both Mac and Windows computers. If you strictly follow the instructions and meet the requirements for the projects as stated below, as well as demonstrate acquired graphic design principles, you will receive a grade of A, but the lowest A (90%). The grade will decrease from there for every instruction not followed or requirement not met. It is possible to earn up to 10 points of extra credit (see below).

Projects will be due on announced dates. Five points will be deducted from the project grade for every class day late. It will be the student's responsibility to bring missed assignments to me on the day of return.

Course Schedule:

Students using the Mac lab at BHSU must follow these rules:

ADA Statement

Reasonable accommodations, as arranged through the Disabilities Services Coordinator, will be provided students with documented disabilities. Contact the BHSU Disabilities Services Coordinator, Mike McNeil, at 605-642-6099, (Woodburn 134), fax number 605-642-6095, or via email at for more information. Additional information can also be found at

Freedom in Learning

Under Board of Regents and University policy student academic performance may be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled. Students who believe that an academic evaluation reflects prejudiced or capricious consideration of student opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards should contact the chair of the department in which the course is being taught to initiate a review of the evaluation.

In this course you are expected to perform to the utmost of your abilities in an honest and sincere manner. Cheating & plagiarism will not be tolerated. Academic misconduct will be dealt with per SD Board of Regents regulations.

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